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Art spinning into a continually unfolding experience.

Posted on May 26, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Doug Aitken "spins art into a continually unfolding experience...that incorporates our memories and sensibilities with life’s landscape...and which rejects... not just limits of form and function, time and space, but those conditions by which subjective dogmas, including Aitken’s, obligate our thinking".


Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Doug Aitken is Redefining How We Experience Art”. smithsonianmag.com.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doug-aitken-is-redefining-how-we-experience-art-180947643/

Make your own universe.

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:40 PM

'When he says, “I don’t want to be part of the club, I want to make my own universe,” it’s not bravado but an aspiration he figures everyone shares, and wonders why not if they don’t. He speaks in futurist koans and canny non sequiturs, in terms of systems and liquid architecture and the constellations of invisible beacons, as if he assumes it’s a shared language everyone intuitively understands'



Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Doug Aitken is Redefining How We Experience Art”. smithsonianmag.com.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doug-aitken-is-redefining-how-we-experience-art-180947643/



A kind of map.

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“it’s a kind of map” that evolves out of the ingredients of its own place.. Aitken’s work isn’t “fixed or frozen, not something you just see and interpret... It creates an infinite library of musical notes that can be played and repositioned, reordered."


Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Doug Aitken is Redefining How We Experience Art”. smithsonianmag.com.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doug-aitken-is-redefining-how-we-experience-art-180947643/





 


The conditions we live under.

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 10:40 AM

'I think we are coming into a really interesting information landscape, and the ways we absorb information and experience is so radically different than decades in the past. The idea now that there is an organic space, the tactile one that I can walk outside and put my hand on the ground and feel the snow  today, versus I can feel my pocket ringing and I can open it up and there is an image of snow falling. That idea I think presents a different condition, a different perceptual condition that I think we have not previously dealt with in the past.

To me it opens up a kind of landscape that is much more non-linear, where the idea of expereneces becomes less singular and more collective. The idea of the striaght story beomes increasingly broken, and things are fragmented, and I think more and more we are  able to accept that... and to work with the idea of a kind of polyphonic landscape where many different things happen at once on many different mediums.

What happens then is really that each of us are offerimg our own film in realtime, and that film is the hour that we live in, the day that we live in, the life that we live...and thats a subtotal of all the fragments that are around us, whether they are tactile or synthetic. I think this condition is fascinating, and it allows us to question time in different ways, to explore narratives and storytelling in ways that are unique, to  understand the complexities of what is going on around us that is different than the straight story we have always grown up with.'

Lund, Christian. 2016 "Doug Aitken interview: The conditions we live under". youtube.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ulVLZHLeU4&feature=youtu.be

Made up out of component parts, rather than being part of a unified whole.

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 9:55 AM

'Showing subjectivity as something more fractured and made up out of component parts, rather than being part of a unified whole... how she positions her body in space and her relationship to her body in a way, as simultaneously an outside observer, but having to inhabit her body at the same time, I think that is a really interesting idea... I'm interested in exploring identity and the self, the persona that is multifaceted and is continuously shifting, so it's the idea of the self and identity in flux’

Rosetzky, David. 2012. "Portrait of Cate Blanchett, interview with David Rosetzky at ACCA 2012" youtube.com.  https://youtu.be/M-pNanXJNUQ



To be both boundless and inclusive

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 10:10 PM

In seeking to understand pop and the self/s that are constructed by it [Sue Dodd] produced the Gossip Pop project. The duplicitous and multivalent role of “pop" (subject, medium, music, art, celebrity, gossip, object, process, audience, genres and more) that Gossip Pop investigates, above all else presents the somewhat utopic and impossible desire for creative work, the art object and the artist’s domain to be both boundless and inclusive.


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf


Freezing a "moment"

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:55 PM

'[Gossip pop] reveals the undecidability or subjectivity inherent in all knowledge production and reception, thereby proposing (authorised) knowledge and theory as inherently speculative. Gossip Pop further interrupts the inherent timebase of pop and gossip, taking and freezing a “moment” from its endless cyclic flow. This transformative act demonstrates how art practice can archive, make manifest and generate new meanings for the temporal epistemological constructions of pop roleplaying: the social and historical constructs to which they inhere.'


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf


A mediated sphere that demonstrates the constructedness of life

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 9:45 PM

'Whilst pop as a field of knowledge is authorless, and unauthorised, the optimised individual, the celebrity role (role-model) is played out in a mediated sphere that demonstrates the constructedness of life (and of work) and, hence, for Gossip Pop and contemporary art, suggests practical methodologies and commensurate production potential. Celebrities adopt and act out a range of roles and are slotted into the revelations, fabrications and recycled scripts of tabloid vernacular.'


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf

The disguise for an eternal sameness

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

What parades as progress in the culture industry, as the incessantly new which it offers up, remains the disguise for an eternal sameness; everywhere the changes mask a skeleton which has changed just as little as the profit motive itself since the time it first gained its predominance over culture.

—Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf

To enable a playful engagement.

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 7:25 PM

'The Gossip Pop artwork addresses an imagined “knowing” audience and aims to enable a playful engagement with existing celebrity gossip “texts” from a variety of perspectives. The knowingness implied by the Gossip Pop project also encourages a heightened awareness of the complex complicity, as consumers and producers, of celebrity culture and art, within the capitalist consumption production system. Adorno calls this the “culture industry,”'


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf

Repetitive and cyclic

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 3:10 PM

'These images are likewise highly repetitive and cyclic. The repetition occurs both within individual pages of particular magazine editions, articles or photonarratives and over weeks, months and years as the same celebrity subjects are depicted in a seemingly endless parade of replayed situations. Big stories are strung out over time as crumbs of new detail are added. Yet, the mass media stories constantly refer back to ageless archetypal narratives and recurring or favourite tabloid themes. This creates a constant feeling of déjà-vu—another teenage trainwreck, another shock divorce, another wedding or funeral.'


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf

collective acts of commodification

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM

'Hence, celebrity culture—cultivated, watched and consumed—becomes a logical extension of our own acts because it performs these collective acts of commodification of all aspects of life via particular recognisable individuals, symbols or simulacra for their audiences, in the discursive, public and social spheres. Celebrity culture has become, like the internalised drives to self-optimisation, utterly familiar (despite our better judgment). In other words, I suggest, celebrities do what we ourselves all do, but in an optimised way. At the same time, celebrities, privileged with the time and money to enact self-improvement to a high degree, do not stand only as examples and images of what is achievable, given luck, talent, time and money. Their lives simultaneously demonstrate the fundamental futility and emptiness of these endeavours, portraying that image does not insulate one from unhappiness, obsession, aging, addiction, loss, illness, loneliness, or any of the everyday vagaries of life and fate.'


Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.Au. http://vuir.vu.edu.au/24837/1/Sue%20Ellen%20Dodd.pdf

The new colonisation

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Collective cultural metadata is the new frontier to be explored, analysed and colonised. We are single cells or specimens in the metephorical petri dish that is the ephemeral digital matrix that we all inhabit. A systematic virtual structure that encloses, envelopes and entraps us by 'choice' in an addictive constructed cultural landscape. Text inspired by artwork: Metadata Petri Dish, 2015. http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1704H010S00

Social network mapped

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our collective minds are the next terrain to be mapped and surveyed, as we negotiate the digital and physical landscape. Manipulated by click bait, that we consume oblivious or ambivalent to the fact that our 'likes', clicks and chance views of our media feed are used to analyse the landscape of our collective minds by multinational corporations, government security agencies and market research companies. We become nodes in a circuit of collective data that is compiled via stealth, but by our 'consent' due to terms and conditions that we agreed to and yet did not read. Is digital media the new nicotine or sugar, impacting on more than our health, skilfully interwoven market research and government surveillance under the guise of social connections with our friends and family, surreptitiously eroding our discernment, social and intellectual faculties. Text inspired by artwork: Social network mapped, 2015.

Grasping at outdated constructs

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Is our culture grasping onto outdated constructs, moving vacantly forward, mindlessly following rules of engagement and holding onto an empty sense of security. Blocking out peripheral cultural complexities, in an attempt to deny the need for cultural and societal change. As the world very slowly falters, and we lack collective conviction to agree to do anything about it. Basically, we keep shopping, feathering our nests and following outdated cultural frameworks as the world metaphorically and literally disintegrates around us. Text inspired by artwork: You claw at your cultures mixed bag of emptiness (Misha Barton), 2008.

Are our infantile fantasies of 'Perfection' making our society selfish and self involved?

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Are we processing our lives through a filter; cultural, digital and psychological. Presenting an edited and idealised self image and persona. But at what expense? Does this self imposed 'filter' inadvertently make us self involved and selfish, is the selfie the epitome of being self involved and oblivious to a deeper understanding of the world. Are we so seduced by the need to present an idealised self, both in the digital and real world, that we risk becomimg a society of self involved vacuous individuals who's only interest is creating the 'perfect' timeline and the matching manufactured false life.... [Coral bleaching is not the only 'bleaching' we should fear, however interrelated!] Text inspired by artwork: Beach side musings on perfection (Lara Flynn-Boyle & Drew Barrymore), 2008.


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